The Merrimack River Eagle Festival 2018

February 17, 2018
Bald eagle © Joseph Cavanaugh
Bald eagle © Joseph Cavanaugh
Frequently Asked Questions
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Presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on Saturday, February 17, 2018, for a full day of fun indoor and outdoor activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles! Learn more about these magnificent birds and the habitat they share with us. 


In previous years, featured activities have included:

  • Visiting eagle hotspots
  • Guided eagle tours
  • Live owls and hawks from Drumlin Farm
  • Pose for a photo with a raptor
  • Family activities at Parker River Headquarters and Joppa Flats
  • ...and much more!

Check back soon for the full schedule and complete event information!


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  Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, is a natural history education center that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 am–4:00 pm. Call 978-462-9998 for additional information, or visit the website at
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  The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is operated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge encompasses over two-thirds of Plum Island and consists of 4,662 acres of critical coastal habitats, including dunes, maritime forest, and salt marsh. The Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters, located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm and on the weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call 978-465-5753 for more information, or visit the refuge website at